Christian teens are feeling numb because the power of the gospel is absent in such a theology. A theology of “avoid the big sins and cover up the little ones”, and “be nice” cannot transform. It can, however, confuse and numb. What is missing is an awesomely holy God and an honest evaluation of the wreckage our lives are because of our sin and estrangement from Him. What is missing is the message that we are so sinful and wrecked that the Son of God had to die for us but we are so prized by God that he was glad to die for us. What is missing is the gospel and its liberating transforming message of justification by faith in finished work of Christ.
A one-sided coin has the same face and back imprint and therefore always delivers the same result irrespective of who flips it. It can be a handy tool for getting the answer you want or yielding the outcome you seek while appearing impartial. This was the method of the villain Two-Face in Batman: The Dark Knight. Bible study and Bible … Continue reading Beware a One-Sided Coin
What keeps more people from seeking salvation in Jesus? Is it their sins or their self-righteousness? In The Method of Grace, George Whitefield cautions: . . . .before you can speak peace to your heart, you must be brought to see that God may damn you for the best prayer you ever put up; you … Continue reading The Last Idol of the Heart
A thought on Hebrews 3:11 from Dr. Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan that hit me at 6:30 this morning while I was listening to a sermon of his. Hebrews 3:11 “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” … (And I paraphrase) “God could think of no worse a … Continue reading Rest